This past fall, the family of a man who contracted mesothelioma after being regularly exposed at work to an adhesive that contained asbestos won their case against Wyeth Holding Corporation, with an award around $800,000.
In Bagley vs. Wyeth Holding Company, Mr. Bagley’s family (representing his case since his death from the cancer in 2012) sued Wyeth, who had acquired the company American Cyanamid, which produced foam adhesives used in helicopter blades that Mr. Bagley helped produce as part of his job. According to the American Association for Justice:
The jury found for the plaintiffs on the strict liability and negligence claims. The jury also found that American Cyanamid failed to provide adequate warnings but that the failure was not a proximate cause of Bagley’s death. The jury awarded about $804,800, including $363,500 in noneconomic damages for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, $256,000 for loss of consortium, $149,000 for loss of earning capacity, and about $36,300 for medical and funeral expenses. A defense motion to set aside the verdict is pending.
This case was not handled by Hodge & Langley Law Firm, but it illustrates that there are still viable cases based on exposing employees and users to asbestos-containing products that cause mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is cancer that forms in the tissue lining of internal organs. Though the cancer is rare, most cases are caused by exposure to asbestos, and many companies have been found liable for not properly protecting or warning their employees or users who may be exposed to asbestos.
The Hodge & Langley Law Firm has experience representing clients with mesothelioma who were exposed to asbestos. If you or a loved one was been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s important to act quickly on your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.